• Q

    Which country holiday system does the school follow?

    A
    Whittle Shenzhen Campus will arrange the school calendar per the regulations of the Chinese education administration.
  • Q

    What is the school’s curriculum?

    A
    Our global curriculum is at the heart of our Whittle education. It integrates best practices from some of the world’s leading curriculum systems with Chinese and English standards underlying these requirements. Our curriculum combines the national education curriculum standards and requirements with the US’ elite private school curriculum system (American Independent School Curriculum) and the UK’s tutorial system (British advisory system). These aspects are integrated with an inquiry-based teaching approach that focuses on experiential, project-based learning (PBL). Our curriculum uses a bilingual teaching method.

    Our program for early learning students is based on the Reggio Emilia approach which believes that children have an amazing potential to learn. This potential is cultivated to create meaningful learning experiences developed from children’s interests.

    Compulsory education for 1st to 9th grade students uses a curriculum that complies with the Chinese curriculum standards of compulsory education (CCS) while adopting a variety of international methods of teaching. Some of the best practices and principles we have adopted from around the world include Singapore’s mathematics curriculum and the US’ Next Generation Science Standards (N.G.S.S.).

    The middle school curriculum, based primarily on courses offered at top private high schools in the United States, draws from other international courses to support students’ academic and professional work. Students are also given personalized, one-on-one guidance from advisors to support their goal of future global study, whether they plan on attending university in the United States, the United Kingdom, or another country.
  • Q

    What languages will the school use for teaching?

    A
    Whittle School is committed to cultivating local leaders and partners with a global vision. Therefore, we expect Whittle students to develop an academic proficiency in English while forming a solid foundation in their mother tongue. Shenzhen campus provides students with an immersive bilingual campus environment so they can learn and grow from both Chinese and Western cultures.

    Considering the fact that children generally have a robust family and social environment in their mother tongue, children at the early learning stage will be predominantly taught and communicated to in English while on campus.

    In lower school, we adopt a balanced bilingual ratio of teaching. Chinese and mathematics are taught in Chinese while other courses are taught either in English or in a bilingual setting.

    In middle school, other than Chinese classes, all classes will be taught in English to further support work related to global university applications.
  • Q

    How many students are there per class and what is the student: teacher ratio?

    A
    Each early learning class has one native English-speaking teacher, two bilingual teachers, and a nurse to support children's language transition.

    At full capacity, the school's average teacher-student ratio will be 1:9.
  • Q

    What type of qualifications do members of the Whittle faculty have? Where and how do you hire teachers?

    A
    Whittle School recruits and trains the world's best teachers. At present, Whittle School has formed an education and teaching management team with famous principals from both China and abroad. The leadership team at Shenzhen campus includes China Chancellor Yin Li, Chairman Xianzhang Shen, and Executive Principal Rhiannon Wilkinson.

    - Yin Li was the founding headmistress of the Wuhan Experimental Foreign Languages School and also worked as a consultant at Stoke College in the UK. Previously, she served for a decade as a representative of China’s National People’s Congress and was named a National Woman Leader. During her 10 years as an NPC representative, she played a role in the revision of China’s Compulsory Education Law. Yin Li is experienced in school management and has led the implementation of an international curriculum at Wuhan Experimental Foreign Languages School, one of Wuhan’s most distinguished educational institutions. Yin Li is also an avid runner and has participated in the Wuhan Marathon.

    - As the former vice-president of RDFZ, the former president of the RDFZ Chaoyang School, and a former professor at the Renmin University of China, Mr. Shen is a distinguished educator in China. He possesses more than 30 years of experience as a secondary school Chinese teacher and has taught high school seniors for 20 years with a special focus on education administration. He has extensive experience in helping high school seniors prepare for examinations. During his 12-year tenure at RDFZ, more than 2,000 of his students were admitted to Peking University and Tsinghua University. Another 600 of his students were admitted to prestigious universities abroad and 280 were admitted to prestigious universities in Hong Kong. Each year, he achieved a 100% matriculation rate. Under his tenure, the school produced the top-scoring student in Beijing on the National College Entrance Exam (Gaokao) for 11 years, with an additional 10 of his students receiving 2nd place. His students have also earned 13 gold medals at the World Olympics.

    - Rhiannon Wilkinson had been the headmistress of Wycombe Abbey School in Buckinghamshire, England, one of the world’s leading girls’ boarding schools, since 2013. She read history at St Hugh’s College, Oxford University, and completed her teaching qualification, with distinction, at the University of Bath. She also earned an M.Ed. degree in leadership and management at the University of Manchester. She has vast experiences in state, independent, and international education. She held senior positions at schools in Hong Kong, Brunei, and England before being appointed principal of Harrogate Ladies’ College, in North Yorkshire, England, in 2009. She took up her post at Wycombe Abbey in 2013. Rhiannon holds governorships at state and independent schools, and is involved in several national committees of British independent-schools organizations.

    At the global level, Whittle School has set up a department for recruiting teachers globally and is recruiting high-quality foreign teachers all over the world through an extremely strict selection process. In addition, we have cooperated with the most prestigious teacher training institutions from the United States such as Harvard University’s School of Education and Columbia University’s Teachers College.

    In China, under the leadership of Chairman Xianzhang Shen, we recruit Chinese teachers through three channels that include (1) recruiting senior teachers and special-grade teachers with vast teaching experiences nationwide; (2) cooperating with Peking University, Tsinghua University, and other top 985 universities to select graduate students and doctoral students; (3) selecting and recruiting teachers with master's degrees or above after studying at famous overseas universities.

  • Q

    How does the school evaluate students' academic performance?

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    We have established a competency-based assessment and promotion system for student development. In this system based on core literacy, we have deconstructed sets of knowledge, skill, behavior, and learning disposition standards to measure students’ learning process at their particular learning stage. We will also arrange for students to participate in international evaluation exams to provide a clear, comparable basis for learning outcomes.
  • Q

    What types of exchange programs do you offer with other schools?

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    Whittle School & Studios is a global school that has established modern campuses in the urban centers of Shenzhen and Washington, DC. Students are encouraged to participate in various forms of global learning and to develop an international perspective to deepen their understanding of local culture.

    Based on the situation of each campus and the visa policy requirements of each country, the school provides summer camp, short-term exchange, and campus transfer programs.
  • Q

    How do students and families apply to Whittle School? What is the process and what are the requirements?

    A
    The school is open to new enrollment and class placement. Students of all ages can apply. At present, the number of spots across different grades varies. Parents are welcome to call for details.

    For information on our registration process, please refer to the [How to Apply] section under the [Enrollment] section of Whittle School & Studios’ official website [www.huitongschool.cn] or enter the official WeChat public account "荟同" and click [Apply for Registration] in the [Interactive] column at the bottom right.
  • Q

    Tuition Fee

    A
    The tuition fees of every Whittle School & Studios campus are the same and are comparable to those of top international schools in the region.

    The pricing standard varies for different academic stages at our Shenzhen campus. Parents are welcome to call for details.
  • Q

    What does Whittle expect of its students?

    A
    Whittle School is committed to cultivating students who possess both political integrity and talent. They will be rooted in China but will have a global vision. Based on this goal, we hope to cultivate students who are rigorous and creative, self-aware and fearless, tough and virtuous in terms of their cultural foundation, independent development, and social participation.

    As a private school, there is no restriction on the nationality of parents and students.
  • Q

    Where is Whittle’s Shenzhen campus located? When did the school open?

    A
    Whittle’s Shenzhen campus is located in the center of the Qianhai Mawan Bay District. Our campus opened in September 2019 at the same time as our Washington campus in the United States.
  • Q

    What age groups are served at the school?

    A
    Whittle School & Studios is a K-12 school serving children from early learning to upper school. As of now, there are nearly one thousand teachers and students at our school. Each grade is supported by many distinguished teachers.
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